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Alcohol Involvment in 1998 Traffic Fatalities

In 1998 there were a total of 194,984 accidents. Of these, 4.7% (or 8,608 accidents) involved a driver for whom an alcohol level (BAC) was detected. There were also 1,169 fatalities resulting from traffic accidents. Of these, 23.9% (or 274 fatalities) involved a driver for whom an alcohol level was detected.

Driver BAC Levels Involved in 1998 Missouri Highway Fatalities
Driver's
BAC Level
Number
of
Fatalities
Percent
of
All Fatalities
Percent
of
Alcohol Involved
Fatalities
.00 895 76.6% NA
.01-.07 48 4.1% 17.5%
.08-.09 12 1.0% 4.0%
.10-.14 68 5.8% 24.8%
.15-.19 55 4.7% 20.1%
.20-.24 51 4.4% 18.6%
.25-.29 27 2.3% 9.9%
.30-.34 11 0.9% 4.4%
.35+ 2 0.2% 0.7%
Total 1169 100.0% 23.4%

Accident Statistics for Last 4 Years
Year Total Accidents Accidents Involving Drivers with a BAC Reading Percentage Total Fatalities Fatalities Involving Drivers with a BAC Reading Percentage
1998 194,984 8,608 4.7% 1,169 274 23.9%
1997 191,765 8,739 4.9% 1,192 246 20.6%
1996 191,164 9,093 5.0% 1,148 313 25.5%
1995 189,915 9,319 5.2% 1,109 286 25.8%

Source: Missouri Highway Patrol


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